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Clinician’s Corner: I Want to Hear Your Story: The Identity of Narrative Exposure Therapy

Posted 2 February 2016 in StressPoints by Professor Dr. Frank Neuner

Clinician’s Corner: I Want to Hear Your Story: The Identity of Narrative Exposure Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an evidence-based therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has been developed by Maggie Schauer, PhD, Thomas Elbert, PhD and Frank Neuner, PhD at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Confronted with a large number of refugees during the Balkan wars in the late 1990’s this team identified the need for a short and pragmatic treatment approach. 

Military Matters: How Do Deployment and Combat Stress Affect Parenting Among U.S. Military Service Members and Their Spouses?

Posted 2 February 2016 in StressPoints by Ashley A. Chesmore, MPH, MSEd and Abigail H. Gewirtz, PhD

Military Matters: How Do Deployment and Combat Stress Affect Parenting Among U.S. Military Service Members and Their Spouses?
The detrimental effects of deployment and combat-related traumatic stress on U.S. military families during the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be documented. Increased posttraumatic stress symptoms and other mental health problems (e.g., depression, substance abuse) and physical and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon.

Nominate for the Barbara Chester Award

Posted 23 February 2016 in News by Damion J. Grasso, PhD

Nominate for the Barbara Chester Award
The Barbara Chester Award is the world's first award recognizing clinicians and healing practitioners for their significant, and often dangerous, work with survivors of torture, abuse and its subsequent trauma.

Student Perspectives: Back to Basics: Attending Our First ISTSS International Conference

Posted 2 February 2016 in StressPoints by Susan Lagdon BSc, Shelly Fletcher, BSc and Carol Rhonda Burns, MRes

Student Perspectives: Back to Basics: Attending Our First ISTSS International Conference
As members know, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is an international organization committed to sharing information about the effects of trauma through the dissemination of knowledge and research findings from a multitude of settings. Members include those from psychology, social work, nursing, counseling, researchers from diverse disciplines and more generally advocates that wish to understand and reduce traumatic stressors and subsequent consequences. 

Trauma and World Literature: Yiyan Li's Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Posted 2 February 2016 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD

Trauma and World Literature: Yiyan Li's Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
In the story, “Prison”, from Yiun Li’s collection of short stories, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, the teenage daughter and only child of Yilan and Luo, striving immigrants to the United States, dies in a car accident. The brief passage below depicts some of the complexity of mourning and the ambivalence which can be found in even our most powerful social connections